Thursday, September 01, 2011

About Susan Polgar


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ABOUT SUSAN POLGAR:

* Winner of 4 Women’s World Championships (Under 16, Blitz, Rapid, and Classical)

* The only World Chess Champion in history (male or female) to win the triple-crown (Blitz, Rapid and Classical World Championships)

* 5-time Olympic Champion with 10 overall medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze)

* 2006 Women’s Chess Cup Champion

* Previously held 5 world chess records (* still unbroken):

o 56 consecutive Olympiad game Scoring Streak * (A record of 31 wins, 25 draws, 0 loss [77.7%] over 4 Chess Olympiads from 1988 - 2004, all on board 1)

o Most Simultaneous Games Played (326 players: 309 wins, 14 draws and 3 losses = 96.93% in 16 hours and 30 minutes)

o Most Games Won Simultaneously (309)

o Highest Simultaneous Winning Percentage (96.93%, beating the old record of 95.64%)

o Most Consecutive Games Played * (1,131 games against 551 opponents: 1,112 wins, 16 draws and 3 losses = 99.03% - Previous record: 1,102 games)

FIRST WOMAN EVER IN HISTORY TO:

o Break the gender barrier to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle (1986)

o Earn the Men’s Grandmaster title (1991) through traditional FIDE requirements

o Receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award (2003)

o Win the U.S. Open (Men) Blitz Championship (2003, 2005, 2006)

o Coach a Men’s College Division I team to win the National Championship (2011)

o Coach a Men’s College Division I team to win back to back National Championship (2011-2012)

OTHER NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

o Won the Budapest Championship for Girls under 11 at age of 4 with the perfect score of 10-0!

o #1 ranked woman chess player in the world at the age of 15 (remained in the top 3 in the world for approximately 25 straight years)

o Still currently rated as the #1 female in the United States

o Award-winning and best-selling chess author in numerous languages

o Winner of the prestigious Cramer Award for "Best Chess Column of the Year" (2003)

o 3-time winner of the Chess Journalists of America Award for Best Magazine Column and Best Endgame Analysis

o First ever recipient of the “Chess Educator of the Year” award (2003)

o First ever recipient of the “US Scholastic Chess Ambassador” award (2006)

o Ambassador and torch bearer for the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany in 2008

o Chess for Peace Ambassador with former World Champion Anatoly Karpov and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev

o A pioneer in women’s chess and a true role model to millions of young people worldwide

o Founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to promote chess, with all its educational, social and competitive benefits throughout the U.S., for young people of all ages, especially girls. The foundation has awarded over $2 million in chess prizes and scholarships to young chess players on behalf of various supporters and sponsors

o Sponsor and organizer of the prestigious annual SPICE Cup, SPICE Spring Invitational, NY City Mayor’s Cup, Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational Championship, Susan Polgar World Open and Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys, etc.

o Founder and Managing Director of www.ChessDailyNews.com, the world’s most popular chess blog

o Head Coach of the Texas Tech Knight Raiders National Chess Championship Teams (2007-2012), now the Head Coach of Webster University Chess Team, the #1 ranked team in the nation

o Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) at Texas Tech University (2007 - 2012), now the Director of SPICE at Webster University

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Susan, you are beautiful! Do you have any sisters?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

chess is divine n you are one of the
chess angel......teegala gowtham

Michael said...

TY for your site. As you but in a modest measure, I have a site to promote chess (French site), chess is life and you represent the best of chess.
Best regards,
Michael

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Hashim Kammoona said...

Dear Susan,
Great history you have and promising future as I can see from your website...
Good manners as you have answered me before 2 weeks in few minutes as I wanted to know if the world chess championship will be in Toronto in 2012...
OK..no need to praise you further...I always wanted to see and meet a clever women but you are far away from me....
By the way what is your IQ?
Best Regards and God bless you
HawkHawkam

HawkHawkam said...

Dear Susan,
Great history you have and promising future as I can see from your website...
Good manners as you have answered me before 2 weeks in few minutes as I wanted to know if the world chess championship will be in Toronto in 2012...
OK..no need to praise you further...I always wanted to see and meet a clever women but you are far away from me....
By the way what is your IQ?
Best Regards and God bless you
HawkHawkam

Kirk Gregory Czuhai said...

amazing!!!!!!!
what else could one say?
love and peace,
kirk
kirk czuhai

Anonymous said...

Hi. Susan you are doing a great job in promoting chess. Very nice. good luck.

Jassi said...

I like everything about you except your asking for opinions "Who'll win before playing." By the way, are you married?

Jassi

Anonymous said...

Susan, You are so beautiful and intelligent at the same time!

Namus said...

You are so beautiful and intelligent at the same time! congratulations... Namus.

Jassi said...

Susan,
I respect you and like you for your going on contribution to chess not only as a player but also as a website organizer. You have advanced chess to a new level in the world. I am a proud fan of Polgar sisters and an admirer of your dad who declared a while ago that he is going to create geniuses. He was right. Hats off to him and your family.
However, I don't like your new blog background where you seem to be bigger than chess. I just want to remind you that we love you because of your chess genius. I would love to see you as a child of chess not reverse.
With love from a loveing fan of yours,
Jassi

calmchess said...

Susan I've had a "chess crush" on you since probably 2000....u are even hotter now! :) <<<<<shameless flirting I know but I'm harmless :)

why is all this chatter required for people to explain chess games I believe in creativity by simplicity chess can be explained allot simpler than this to somebody that has at least 10,000+ games under their belt or a consistent rating of 1500+

Brilliant Chess Games said...

I like your blog specially the tactics puzzle portion. I am giving you permission to get chess diagrams from my site which you can use as puzzles.

Anonymous said...

Susan,
Great chess site............I check it everyday to keep with the latest chess news

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your Final Four win. And I commend you on your decision to take the team to St. Louis as well. If Texas Tech doe not appreciate all you've done to bring high caliber chess to their campus, and won't support that with funding and scholarships - they deserve to lose you.

Good luck to you in St. Louis!

neil.nachum said...

We briefly spoke when you resided in New York over a decade ago. I, Neil Blonstein, am now the president of the Esperanto Society of New York City. I reread you bio, noted that you husband and partner is Vietnamese-born, so decided to remind you that the Universala Kongreso de Esperanto will occur in Hanoi, Vietnam, in the summer of 2012. I plan on being at both the adult and youth conferences. Best wishes with your relocation to Saint Luis, which I heard about on NPR today. The Esperanto Society of Saint Louis is active, and I hope after adjusting to your relocation, you'll find time to have a brief meeting with local activists.

Anonymous said...

Hi nice to see you standing with a Queen!!!
do you have any chess.com id?

sajay

Anonymous said...

wow ! You are excellent in both intelligence and looks.
Best compliments on your achievements !

Anonymous said...

Susan. You look bubbly and cheerful, and your comments on chess are indepth and intriguing. You are probably the best combo of beauty and brains. My best wishes to you.

Anonymous said...

Susan. You look bubbly and cheerful, and your comments on chess are indepth and intriguing. You are probably the best combo of beauty and brains. My best wishes to you.

ag500 said...

Susan you are a very beautiful woman

Anonymous said...

you are sexy

Andriy Tkach said...

Nice to read such biography.

I want to provide a link to application which will help to learn chess. It's a collection of the most beautiful games in the history including Suzan's games as well. Hope all chess fans will enjoy it.
Available in iTunes here

Mike said...

Wow I was I could of accomplished a small percentage of what you have already done. What motivations you to accomplish so much?

zahra koochooloo said...

Nice ;)

aam@fics said...

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e.g., take a look at these two:

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It's just for fun.

When you need to create your next poll, please feel free to share/embed in your blog. It's free as always. Will be interesting to see how people respond using this "ComparaPoll" method when you ask for the next Carlsen vs Aronian vs ...

Cheers!
aam@fics

ps: if you need some customization, will be happy to do it!

ujjal said...

excellent blog for cHess players and others too.... more info... luv

Stephen E. Jones said...

Sorry to be a party pooper but 309/326 x 100 = 94.79% not 96.93%. Even if you included wins and draws that would be (309+3)/326 = 95.7%. To get 96.93% Susan would have had to have won 316 games out of 326, i.e. 99.93/100*326 = 315.99.

And while it is nevertheless a very impressive achievement, it is not as high a percentage as Capablanca's Cleveland Ohio 1922 record of 103 games against the strongest players in the State, where he scored 102 wins, 0 losses and 1 draw, i.e. 103/103 * 100 = 99.03% (Hooper & Brandeth, "The Unknown Capablanca," page 143).

So someone should tell the Guinness Book of Records that José Raúl Capablanca should hold The Highest Simultaneous [Chess] Winning Percentage of 99.03%.

Stephen E. Jones

Jack the Tripper from Wales said...

Is math in Australia different than in other countries? 309 wins = 309 points. How do you get 3 points from 14 draws? 14 draws = 7 points. Thus 309+7=316. 316/326 = 96.93%. Polgar is correct. But even this % has been eclipsed by the next record holder. It is now 97%+. No one can confirm Capa's record, nor they can confirm the level of competition. In order to have the record, game scores must be kept, and officials must be present. That's Guinness' rules.

Stephen E. Jones said...

>Thus 309+7=316. 316/326 = 96.93%.

Thanks for pointing out my error in a minor point.

And thanks for confirming my major point that Susan Polgar's 96.93% includes draws.

But in that case, Capablanca's Cleveland Ohio 1922 record of 103 games, where he scored 102 wins, 0 losses and 1 draw, would be 100%.

Your claim that "No one can confirm Capa's record, nor they can confirm the level of competition" is false. Hooper and Brandreth did not just pluck the figures out of the air but would have based their scholarly work on still existing records in newspaper files, chess magazines, etc.

I wonder if Susan Polgar herself would so summarily dismiss Capablanca's simultaneous achievements just because they were in the last century?

As for "to have the record, game scores must be kept, and officials must be present. That's Guinness' rules" then that makes it a SPECIAL CASE `world record' for Polgar, not an OPEN world record, as Capablanca's is.

Stephen E. Jones

Uniquegames said...

Hello Susan,
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Dave

franklin said...

Dear Lady
This page of yours is so beautiful
It has everything anyone as myself,
(very interested but bad player)
could wish for:
To put the best players of the world
in front of me and besides that, telling me what is going on.
It make mi think that I could be
not that bad after all.
Thank you again and I wish for you
The best.

Franklin

franklin said...

Dear Lady
This page of yours is so beautiful
It has everything anyone as myself,
(very interested but bad player)
could wish for:
To put the best players of the world
in front of me and besides that, telling me what is going on.
It make mi think that I could be
not that bad after all.
Thank you again and I wish for you
The best.

Franklin

maite@glipho.com said...

Hi Susan!
I recently came up with your site and I think it is awesome and really interesting!what a great history you have and an even greater promising future! Your achievements are astonishing!I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing some of your posts on Glipho? It's a new social blogging network which aims to promote the writing of its users and to build their audiences, where you can connect to every social network accounts. I bet that our users would love your stuff and many people could enjoy the great mysteries of chess!

Glipho is a new social publishing engine which allows users to quickly upload their content, being able to import the posts from your blog in a super-easy way without affecting it at all.

Please, have a look and take a tour to know more about http://glipho.com/ and if you feel like it, in one click you can set up your account!
I hope you will join our Glipho community soon

All the best,

Maite

Anonymous said...

You're accolades as a player, author, person and mother! if that wasn't enough in itself, are truly remarkable. might I add team Head Coach for Webster university!!!
Organizing tournaments such as the, annual SPICE Cup, SPICE Spring Invitational, NY City Mayor’s Cup, Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational Championship, Susan Polgar World Open and Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys,
Founder and Managing Director of the world’s most popular chess blog
Head Coach of the Texas Tech #1 ranked and National Championship teams (2007-2012) Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) at Texas Tech University (2007-2012)
Director of SPICE... (Catch my breath and give my fingers a rest) WOW!!! the amount of time and energy you and you're team dedicate to chess is an achievement in itself. Your a great role model for all humanity to follow. To put our differences aside and share the common bond that ties us all together the great game of chess,
Gordon. B

Anonymous said...

Ms Polgar,

We have chess players on Guam who would like to avail internet chess training like what's happening in latin america. Anyway you probably could help us on this matter?

Moguel
Secretary
Guam Echecs

Chess Daily News said...

Yes, please contact IM Martha Fierro as soon as possible. She's in charge of this project. FierroMartha@yahoo.com.

Good luck!
Susan

Kirk Gregory Czuhai said...

some chess players may find the site:
http://tinyurl.com/MICHIGANusaCHESS
useful.

ilija said...

Hello Susan...I still have nice photos of you and your sisters taken in Sydney...some are on my profile on FB...Congratulation on all your records...friendly greetings....

Anonymous said...

Hey Susan, you've got a nice smile.
Do you play correspondence chess?

Eugenio Spagnoli

vasilis karakikes said...

Hello Susan! You make very good analysis for the world chess championship! Congratulations you are great!